Pumpkin is a thick-skinned squash that is usually yellow or orange but can also be white or pink. Typically, the pumpkins used in cooking or commercial products are different than those used for jack-o-lanterns. Pumpkin was one of the first domesticated crops and has been a staple food in parts of the world since the beginning of agriculture. Pumpkins are full of nutrients, fiber, and flavor. Since it's a versatile ingredient, it can be included a wide variety of courses including desserts. Pumpkin puree is often a substitute for other ingredients.


1. Substitute for Butter or Oil

Pumpkin puree is often used in recipes as a substitute for butter or oil. It has fewer calories than other fats and contains additional nutrients. Multiply the amount of butter in a recipe by 3/4 to calculate the necessary amount of pumpkin puree. For example, one cup of butter can be replaced by a 3/4 cup of puree. Substituting pumpkin for oil is straightforward. One cup of oil is replaced with one cup of puree.

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